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Post by DonnieP on Sun 23 Jan 2011, 9:35 pm

Anyone ever checked out their reef at night with a black light? I had an old black light laying around and I came across it last night and just for kicks, I turned my moon lights off and put that black light over the tank, man it was amazing. I have a red and green war coral in there thanks to ritter and the black light made the red jump out like crazy and I have a red and green large polyp Blasto and it looked like something from outer space. I wouldn't go buy one but if you have a black light bulb, check it out its crazy.
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Post by ritter678 on Sun 23 Jan 2011, 9:48 pm

What? No video? Very Happy I've never tried that but I have some black lights laying around from the good ole days. alien
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Post by DonnieP on Sun 23 Jan 2011, 10:14 pm

ritter678 wrote:What? No video? Very Happy I've never tried that but I have some black lights laying around from the good ole days. alien


Ha Ha, you think its hard to video under the moonglo lights try the black light!
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Post by BigBlue on Sun 23 Jan 2011, 10:50 pm

I have never tried it myself but I love the article titled Aquariums All Aglitter in the 2009, Volume 11, issue of Marine Fish & Reef. It explains the reason your corals fluoresce. The pictures are simply amazing!

To get a photo of the corals you have to purchase a special filter for your camera.
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Post by matt_longview on Sun 23 Jan 2011, 11:29 pm

I need to know what that filter is!
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Post by BigBlue on Sun 23 Jan 2011, 11:47 pm

The article calls it a barrier filter but does not say exactly what that is. It only says that is is yellow and is designed to remove the excess blue light.
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Post by BigBlue on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 12:04 am

Well.... After reading about the yellow lens I got a little curious. I went down and got my yellow glasses, for riding my motorcycle at night, and took a look with my blue led moon lights on. WOW!! That is awesome!! Get you some yellow glasses and take another look Donnie.....

I took a couple of pics through the lens with my iPhone. If you have a good camera and either yellow shooting or riding glasses you should be able to snap some good pics.

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Post by Daniel1381 on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 12:28 am

Cool pics
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Post by matt_longview on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 1:26 am

If there is a single yellow filter lens in this city that fits my camera I will hunt that thing DOWN! lol.

I'll try to get all of these settings down just perfect and then ride around and take pictures of a bunch of ya'lls tanks if you would like that.
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Post by Win on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 9:31 am

im agrivated about all these great photos.... my tank is doing better than ever and my camera crapped out on me... im down to crappy cellphone pics that cost me a quarter a piece to send to myself.... grrrr....



great pics btw! Smile
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Post by BigBlue on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:36 pm

A few more pics my wife managed to get.....





I wish the red anemone in the top right corner was closer to the glass. The red color is amazing under the blued LEDs....
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Post by BigBlue on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:42 pm

Played with this one a bit to make it look like what you see through the glasses.

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Post by JoseH on Mon 24 Jan 2011, 11:46 pm

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Post by BigBlue on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 12:10 am

How about some Grim Green Slimer....

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Post by ritter678 on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 12:25 am

Wow, I'm trippin! lol
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Post by Daniel1381 on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 12:27 am

Thats nice!
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Post by Win on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 12:39 am

thats better than a handful of purple microdots!!!!! should charge admission for the show there! Very Happy
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Post by Grimreefer on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 6:58 pm

Shocked microdots.......................that slimmer looked really sweet in that lighting. I may stay up late and play with the camera tonight and see what I can come up with.

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Post by Yuma on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 7:05 pm

I'm curious about the setting you're using on your camera and if/how you are doctoring in photoshop. Can you PM me some details? Or maybe just post them here if others are interested.

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Post by DonnieP on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 7:08 pm

Man its easy to get us reefers goin aint it, gotta love it! lol!
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Post by BigBlue on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 9:01 pm

The tools of the trade
* Yellow pair of shooting glasses
* Point and shoot camera set to Kid/Pet setting with lime green color accent
* Tripod
* Turn flash off
* Mac iPhoto software with Exposure at 3 and Contrast at 13

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Post by Yuma on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 9:19 pm

Gotcha. I forgot about the yellow riding glasses. That's probably a key component. Hmmmmm....something else for me to look in to.

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Post by DonnieP on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 9:48 pm

Yuma wrote:Gotcha. I forgot about the yellow riding glasses. That's probably a key component. Hmmmmm....something else for me to look in to.

Do a search on ebay for yellow camera lens and you will find lots of yellow lens filters pretty cheap. Any would work as long as they are as wide as your lens. Here is a nice one, only problem is its in China, takes about three weeks to get it. I got a bid in on a 58 mm for $.98 plus couple a bucks shipping, if you see that one don't outbid me just look further down and there are more just like it, several listed.

Yellow lenses on ebay
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Post by matt_longview on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 10:02 pm

Try to get a #15 or higher.

The higher number the more it will filter and the better the pictures will look.

A #8 is only rated for blue's similar to a blue sky. #15 is the first mention of a filter for marine photography... let alone blue LED marine photography! lol.

Also Bill, play around with those bars up top some. Try moving the middle bar to the highest peak on the color that you want to accent most.
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Post by Yuma on Tue 25 Jan 2011, 11:07 pm

I actually got a whole set of filters for Christmas so I'll have to check those out and see what I come up with. Thanks for the info.

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